Congresswoman Stacey Plaskett

Representing the U.S. Virgin Islands

Plaskett hosts FCC Commissioner in the Territory

October 31, 2016
Press Release
Holds exploratory panels with stakeholders in communications, technology sectors

ST.CROIX– As part of her ongoing effort to highlight opportunities for economic growth, Congresswoman Stacey Plaskett is hosting a high-level official from the Federal Communications Commission (FCC)  in the territory this week.

Mignon Clyburn, a Commissioner with the FCC, will spend the week in the territory meeting with local stakeholders in the telecommunications sector learning of their challenges, as well as exploring existing opportunities for technological innovation and increasing access to technology for Virgin Islanders.

“There are a number of ongoing initiatives in the territory that have the potential to make the Virgin Islands a key staging area for new advancements in telecommunications in the Caribbean basin. This is an opportunity for our local stakeholders in the communications and technology sectors to better understand and appropriately navigate federal regulations, and to fully capitalize and implement telecom opportunities into our economic portfolio,” Plaskett said.

During the week-long visit, Congresswoman Plaskett and Commissioner Clyburn will meet with members of the Virgin Islands telecommunications community to discuss opportunities and support in the territories.

The Congresswoman has assembled executives from WTJX, Innovative, Broadband VI, as well as the Virgin Islands Next Generation Network to meet with the Commissioner. Congresswoman Plaskett and Commissioner Clyburn will also visit schools on St. Thomas and St. Croix to understand first-hand the innovations and challenges of the territory. 

The Federal Communications Commission regulates interstate and international communications by radio, television, wire, satellite, and cable in all 50 states, the District of Columbia and U.S. territories.